May 2003 News

Diaries From Hill Kaka Show Route, Links And Funds Of Pak's Jehadis

28 May 2003
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Diaries recovered from the Pakistani militants killed by the Indian Army during Operation Sarpvinash in the Hill Kaka area in Surankote reveal their links with Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hikmetyar's Hizbe- Islami and operations in the Tora Bora mountains. Documents recovered from the 62 militants killed suggest that a majority of the jehadis in Surankote were Pakistani Punjabis from Islamabad, Karachi, Attock and Rawalpindi and not from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Apart from a sprinkling of Quranic verses, the dairies contain detailed accounts of jehadi operations south of Pir Panjal in Surankote. The name of Engineer Gulbuddin Hekmetyar features in a diary and it follows a couplet. It says: 'Agar hamare khoon se Islam zinda hota hain, to hum sau bar sar kata sakte hain, Engineer Gulbuddin Hikmetyar, Hizb-e-Islami, Afghanistan.' And then the author warns 'bagair ijazat diary padna mana hain (without permission you cannot read the diary).' It is this document that contain coded names of militants such as Ghazi, Butshikan, Khalil and Khair with Tora Bora written against three of them. This document also lists 10 'spies' from Poonch whose throats were slit between May 1999 and July 2002 after they 'betrayed' the jehadis to the Indian security forces. The first entry from this list, that includes two women and three children called 'bacchiya' as victims, says Chaudhary Ghani, caste Gujjar, village Hadi - 'who got Khalid and Umar of Harkat-ul- Mujahideen killed' - was cut to pieces in June 1999. Abdullah, who was killed in 2001 from the same village, has been blamed for getting 11 jehadis killed. The diary has a list of codes that need to be followed for communicating with fellow jehadis during operations. For instance, Antenna band kar ke baat karo has 149.79 written against it and channel change karo code is 121.20. There are specific codes for individuals: Ahad is s, Hussain is HB, Khyber is S and Tabuk is M. One of the seized dairies, maintained by Harkat-ul-Jehad-el-Islami's Mohmmad Amin Sajid aka Abu Saeed, is actually a day-to-day cash register which gives logistic details of militant operations in Hill Kaka fof the past three years. It reveals the linkages between various jehadi groups such as Lashkar-e-Toiba, Al Badar and Jaish-e- Mohammed and suggest that these jehadis share heavy-calibre arms and ammunition. Barely 21 years old, Abu Saeed is a resident of Ward no 7, Ali Colony, Madarasa Jamia Ashrfia, district Okara in Pakistan and belongs to 313 brigade of the Harkat. Saeed's diary lists the inter- jehadi financial transactions that runs into several lakhs of rupees. It indicates that Pakistani groups were paying huge sums of money for staying, training and launching jehadis from ramshackle transit camps at Hill Kaka. On June 1, 2002, the cash register records JeM's contribution of Rs 4 lakh, while on September 10, 2002, Rs five lakh was recovered (paisa wasool) from LeT group. Al Badar's Hafiz Tayab Hamir group 1 paid Rs 90,000, while Al Badar group 2 and 3 paid Rs 12,000 on October 5, 2001. The Harkat jehadi's diary is not limited to names, arms and ammunition. It also lists 45 medicines for ailments ranging from sore throat to treating injuries. Saeed's diary has various drugs like Dizapam for insomnia, Perinom for nausea, Ampicillin for infections and Norfloxim for kidney problems.


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